City Council Picture. From left to right: Jim Ferneau, City Manager; Matthew Rinker, Council Member; Robert Critser, Council Member; Jon D. Billups, Mayor; Bill Maupin, Council Member; Lynda Graham-Murray, Mayor Pro-Tem; Kathleen P. Salisbury, City Clerk
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Burlington is a friendly community where visitors are welcomed with open arms. Burlington’s roots run deep and the preservation of our heritage has always been a key component of our community. Take a stroll downtown and you’ll find yourself surrounded by buildings listed on the National Register of Historic places. Unique, locally owned stores still inhabit the downtown shops. A cobblestone alley once traversed by our ancestors, still lies beside our City Hall and the Port of Burlington is still a first stop for visitors looking for information about local attractions.
Burlington is the home to a street Ripley’s Believe It or Not has dubbed one of the most unbelievable, curious spots in America. The unbelievably crooked Snake Alley is home to one of our many annual events, the Snake Alley Criterium, an uphill bike race that challenges even the most seasoned cyclist.
Healthy activities are a mainstay of our community. Burlington boasts walking and bike trails, as well as the RecPlex. A tournament-class facility for soccer, softball and sand volleyball.
Burlington offers thirteen beautiful parks including Crapo and Dankwardt where you can swim, have fun at the skate park, play on the disc golf course, enjoy a breathtaking walk through nature, or just picnic next to Lake Starker.
See for yourself what our beautiful city has to offer. Take our video tour by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
Welcome to Burlington: A Great Place to Live, Work & Play!
The City of Burlington has operated under the council-manager form of government since 1982. Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in a governing council consisting of five members elected at large. The mayor is selected by the City Council from their members. The City Council is responsible, among other things, for passing ordinances, adopting the budget, appointing committees, and hiring the city manager, city clerk, and attorney. The city manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the governing council, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City, and for appointing the heads of the various departments. The Council is elected on a non-partisan basis. Council members serve four-year staggered terms, with council members elected every two years.